The Weekly Rituals of a Domestic Goddess

The Weekly Rituals of a Domestic Goddess


Maryann Riker


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"In the weekly schedule of the post-World War II American housewife, a strict regimen of daily activities ruled her life. This ensured a clean and organized home that was the foundation of a happy husband and clean and healthy children. (Or at least, that is what the advertising images promised.) Enjoy this small tome as a celebration of time-honored weekly rituals for domestic goddesses that many women followed to keep a well-organized home! A fun little tome that is based on my mother and aunt's rituals for their weekly chores. It never ceased to amaze me how strictly they adhered to this as well as to their friends and neighbors. It was an unwritten code that Mondays were wash day, Tuesday, ironing, etc. Sundays were reserved for church, visiting, long Sunday drives or just relaxing...and, I couldn't find many images of women relaxing! Imagine that...” - Maryann Riker


Maryann Riker (self-published)


Family, gender


4 x 4"; 10 pages.


Double sided accordion.


Paper, board, ribbon, satin, lace, plastic.


Bound in house shaped boards. Grosgrain ribbon tie closure.



Other Information

Edition of 12. Signed and numbered by the artist. More information can be found here: and here:

Exhibit Location

This work was featured in the Olin Library as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.

The Weekly Rituals of a Domestic Goddess